• What does the course involve?
  • Programme
  • Your future
  • Specifications

A full year in different phases

The 1-year master’s programme consists of different phases:


Bootcamp (1 week, early September)

  • Intercultural communication and teamwork with content-specific assignments and games


Module 1: Food systems in an urban context

  • Systems (thinking)
  • Transition theories
  • Food systems and Sustainable Development Goals (domain)
  • Transition in the food system
  • The food system in an urban context
  • Perspectives on the food system


Module 2: Food system dimensions

  • Health
  • Green/ecology
  • Sociology
  • Economics


Module 3: Fieldwork and field research in a foreign city


Module 4: Thesis


High quality education

All study programmes at Aeres University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO. In this way, you are ensured of high quality education as measured by international education standards. More informatie you can find on the website of NVAO.


ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the EC system. Find out more about the ECTS - guide.

We have done research into the demand on the labour market for graduates for the master’s programme of Urban Food Systems.

Contributors to the research included the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, Wageningen University & Research, Philips Horticulture LED Solutions, ProVeg Nederland, and Royal A-Ware. The results show that 83% of the respondents acknowledges the urgency of thinking about food supply in (large) cities of the future. In addition, 67% of the respondents believe that knowledge of the entire system around the urban food chain is both essential and very useful for the labour market potential of food professionals. The number of vacancies in the Netherlands in the field of Urban Food Systems has increased by no less than 27% in two years (2015-2017).

After graduating, you may find a job in a government organisation or at a strategic level in a company, for example as:

  • A policymaker in local or provincial governments
  • A consultant/concept developer in a company that focuses on urban food issues
  • A manager in a local or regional food policy organisation
  • A developer of training courses in the knowledge domain concerned
  • A researcher/project leader for urban food logistics
  • A designer of new food production chains
  • An advisor on food safety in the urban food chain
  • A lecturer
  • A food entrepreneur



After successful completion of this 12-month programme, you will receive your master’s degree in Urban Food Systems. This degree is an officially recognized Master of Science (MSc), validated and accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization. Successful graduates will be competent in the following areas of expertise:

  • Ability to think innovatively and initiate new developments;
  • Understanding value-driven food chains;
  • Identifying and using crossovers between different parts of the food system;
  • Switching between different levels of abstraction, from global to local and from large to the individual human size;
  • Connecting with different stakeholders;
  • Building relevant networks.
Master programme Urban Food Systems
Title/ Degree  Master of Science
Faculty  Almere
Start of programme  September 
Duration of programme  1 year 
Number of credits  60 ECTS 
Type of programme  Full-time 
Language of instruction  English
Country of study programme  NL
Internship(s)  yes 
Accrediation  NVAO 
Application deadlines  1 May 
Tuition fee  Find more information here